May 19, 1980 12:00 PM

by David Longman

It’s spring. Hanging greenery and flowering plants are for sale everywhere, from supermarkets to chic florists. You bring one of the little beauties home. It withers and turns brown in about 19 minutes. For non-green thumbs, Longman’s guide is a marvel. The colorfully illustrated and diagramed pages are full of easy, step-by-step solutions to the problems of indoor gardening. The author, a British horticulturist and florist, ranges from the familiar grape ivy and geranium to the more exotic cape jasmine and white winter heather. There is great satisfaction in having beautiful and healthy plants, and it costs a lot more to replace them than to buy this book. It is an excellent investment. (New York Times Books, $15.95)

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